Aardman Animation Studios is famous for their animated Wallace and Gromit shorts and feature films Chicken Run and Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit – which utilize one of the most widely-recognized stop-motion clay animation aesthetics in the world.

Their newest outing – The Pirates! Band of Misfits – is based on the series of books by the same name. Today, we’ve got the second American trailer for the film, which stars Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Piven, David Tennant, Martin Freeman, and Brendan Gleeson.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits is based on the first two books in The Pirates series written by Gideon Defoe – The Pirates! in Adventures with Scientists and The Pirates! in Adventures with Whaling. The plot for Band of Misfits involves The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) and his crew contending for the Pirate of the Year Award against rival pirates Black Bellamy (Piven) and Cutlass Liz (Hayek).

Check out the trailer below:

The trailer looks excellent from top-to-bottom, with Aardman’s trademark British sense of humor and excellent voice-acting by Hugh Grant and company. No one quite does charming, lighthearted, and hilarious like Aardman, and the animation – which is only sprinkled and “enhanced” with CGI – harkins back to the lived in and meticulously-produced animation of yore.

Check out the poster below (click to enlarge):

While Aardman’s last foray into animation, Flushed Way, was computer-generated and sort of underwhelming, the critically-acclaimed Arthur Christmas (which hits theaters November 23rd) and 2012’s The Pirates are looking like a return to form for the studio.

Additionally, the aforementioned trailer gives this Monkey Island fanatic hope that an animated film can be made at some point in the future, and made well. Perhaps directed by Wes Anderson, with the help of the studio he used for The Fantastic Mr. Fox? Just a thought.

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The Pirates! Band of Misfts hits theaters March 30th, 2012.

Source: Yahoo! Movies